2009 Africa Mission Trip - John & Cindi Myers
31, 2009 Cindi & John flew to Kigoma, Tanzania. We stayed a month
returning home on March 2nd.
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Site Two - We lived while in Kigoma
in a walled compound that the Wertz’s refer to as site two. The compound is
surrounded by a double wall with a mote, and a heavy wrought iron gate with a
guard 24-7. In the compound are two bungalows named, Kitley and Calvin house,
a computer school, several shipping containers and when we arrived, the
beginnings of a new community center. The compound sits on a hill overlooking
the Kigoma harbor. From our patio we could watch ships arrive at the container
port to our left and fishing boats come and go from the village on our right.
Kitley - Calvin Houses - These photos are of the two bungalow guest houses.
- Computer School - The main purpose of our trip was for John to
teach Microsoft Excel at the computer school. Two one week long classes
were taught with about 24 students in each class. Teaching materials were
prepared and translated into Swahili and computers were tested, repaired
and software installed.
- Community Center - On our arrival the digging for the foundations
had just began for the community center. This will be a large building
with, a large hall in the center, a library on one end with a radio
station above, bath rooms and a kitchen on the other end with staff
offices above. By the end of the month the foundations were complete. A
year later the shell is complete and roof installed.
- Well Drilling - The same day we arrived, two missionaries from Texas arrived to drill a well on site two. Many problems were overcome and the well was
finally completed a few days after we left. Since then several more wells
have been drilled in the area.
- Feeding Center - Kimberly’s Pyote - Since Cindi’s last visit in 2006 the numbers of
orphans have grown during the feeding program on M-W-F. The staple of
beans ‘n rice are served along with a youth leader who leads them in song
and Bible story telling and prayer.
- Containers - Nothing goes to waste, so shipping containers
become offices, storage rooms, and clothing sorting rooms.
- Photos of various sewing activity, including sewing banners for church
and cushions for new furniture for the guest houses.
- Paulo Cindi
had the privilege to visit with Paulo 3 times a week with Pastor Rudo and
pray with him, and massage his atrophied arm and leg from the stroke that
he had a few months ago.
- Gungu UMC - This is the first UMC church established in Tanzania. We attended here 2 Sundays one of which was a special youth Sunday with several guest
missionaries and youth from other churches attending with a meal following
- Kibrizi Pentecostal Church - We arrived in Kigoma on Saturday afternoon. The
next morning we attended this church about 1.5 miles away in the fishing village of Kibrizi. The walls for a new brick church are being built around the little
thatch church. Note the dirt floor and rough benches. As guests we sat
in white plastic chairs similar to the patio chairs we use in America.
- Kigoma - Around Town - This batch
of photos were taken in and around the town.
- Proposed Site for Hospital These photos were taken of the proposed hospital
- Ujji Trip - These photos were taken during a drive from
Kigoma to Ujiji and back to visit the Dr. Livingstone Monument. Ujiji is
also famous as the site of the beginning of the “Trail of Tears”. Arab
traders brought captured slaves from the interior by boat to Ujiji then
marched them several hundred miles in chains to the coast. From there
they were again loaded onto boats and transported to Stone Town on Zanzibar to be sold in the slave markets. The buyers then put them on ships to
various Arab countries.
- Dr. Livingston Monument - We visited the site in Ujiji where Henry Stanley
met Dr. David Livingston in 1871 on the shore of Lake Tanganyika with the
famous words “Dr. Livingston I presume.”
- Wertz House - Photos taken in and around the Wert residence.
Every evening we gathered for supper at the Wertz’s, then read emails from
home using their internet connection. During supper the sun would set
behind the mountains in the Congo on the other side of the lake.
- Tanzania by Air - These photos were taken on the trip to/from
Dar to Kigoma and back.
- Dar es Salam - Photos taken in the capital. Dar has sky
scrapers, air conditioning, and freeways. Dar is the main import/export
point for the country.
- Maritime Best - These are my favorite pictures of maritime
subjects from Kigoma harbor and Lake Tanganyika.
- Zanzibar - On our
way home we took a two day side trip from Dar to Zanzibar. We stayed at a
beach resort in the village of Paje on the Indian Ocean. On our way to
the Airport we stopped for a few hours to tour Stone Town.
- Stone Town - Founded by Arab traders over 300 years ago, the
name comes from the fact that the town is made of stone and mortar
covered with lime plaster. This Arab building practice is very foreign
to Southern Africa where buildings were made of sun dried bricks or wood.
The town has narrow winding streets, often to narrow for cars with
building often 3 or 4 stories high. People from Arabia, Persia, and India came here to trade spices especially cloves and slaves. Each ethnic group had
their own quarter and the ornate design of their front door designated
their origin. Zanzibar and the adjoining island still are major
producers of cloves.
- Road Trip These photos were taken on the drive from Zanzibar City to Paje. Note that houses here are made of cement blocks instead of brick as
- Paje Beach Resort This beach resort town is frequented by some
Europeans but mostly white South Africans looking for warmer weather.
When the tide goes out the water recedes over a mile. Villagers catch
fish by trapping them in weirs as the tides go out.
- Sailing a Dugout Canoe - Cindi and I wanting to say we sailed on the Indian Ocean , hired a sailing canoe for a couple of hours. No motor, no safety gear,
no radio just a home made sail with holes held up with polypropylene
lines. It was a trip to say the least.
- Incongruent - In some ways these are some of my favorite photos. They show
things that we westerners find absurd, odd or funny. One Incongruent
thing I did not get a picture of was that first day in Kigoma sitting in
the thatch roofed church with dirt floor listening to musicians play
electric guitars and a parishioner video tape the service with a hand held
camcorder. The clash between African and Western Culture, primitive and
modern can be seen everywhere. One day I watched a front end loader fill
a dump truck with sand on my left while women on my right carried buckets
of stone on their heads! Dug out canoes sit beside fiberglass runabouts
and cows mingle with tourists on the beach. Modern ships and ancient
Dhows plight the same water. The hotel we stayed at in Dar cost 100 US
dollars per night and the average wage was barely one dollar per day. In Zanzibar people preferred to be paid in US dollars rather than Tanzanian shillings, the
menu was in US dollars even though the majority of the customers were from
South Africa, however items in a store were designated in shillings.
Hopefully you get the idea of incongruent.
Here is a link to John
& Cindi’s other travels home page including other missions trips as well as
sailing adventures on their boat.